Fnatic has jumped into the headset market with the REACT, a headset specifically designed for eSports performance.
Fnatic is currently transitioning from an eSports team to a company that produces its own gaming peripherals, and one of the products that Fnatic is pushing is the REACT gaming headset. Fnatic boasts on the website that "the only things that really matter for a gaming headset is directional audio with great clarity, crystal clear comms, and an amazing mic". We are going to see if that is all that it takes for a gaming headset to get my tick of approval.
The Fnatic REACT sports 53mm Drivers that have been "calibrated for eSports", premium leather ear-cups that have thick memory foam padding, and comfort designed for long gaming sessions. I'm going to put all this to the test, breaking down the design of the REACT, the audio performance, it's build quality, the microphone performance, and overall, the experience with the headset itself. Let's start things off with a close up of the design.
First off, we have an image of the front of the box. Here we can see what REACT looks like, and also get a look at the packaging. The packaging is discrete and straightforward, something I personally really enjoy.
Moving onto the side of the box, we have some simple, yet effective, plain text spelling Fnatic. The text is silver and metallic, and I love the look.
The back of the box showcases all of the REACT features, and also gives a short story about Fnatic and an introduction to the REACT.
The final side of the box showcases some of the accolades Fnatic has achieved over its time as a professional eSports gaming brand.
Taking the headset out of the box, we can see some simple packaging, and a Fnatic symbol right in the middle.
This side of the box features a sly comment saying, "it's too late" to turn back now.
In the above image, we are taking a look at the earcup, and we can see that Fnatic has opted for a simple design on the earcup with no flashy colors or lights.
Moving onto a close-up image of the earcup, we can see that Fnatic has equipped the REACT with a metal frame. In this image, we also can see that the headband has a nice leather coating, just like the earcups.
This is another angle of the REACT earcup. Here we can see the thin metal frame, as well as the smooth leather and a connecting wire.
Here we have a close up image of the earcup, I will get into how comfortable these are later on in the review, but for now, I can tell you that the cushioning is memory foam, and the leather is very soft and pleasing.
Here we have an image of the microphone port. Fnatic has decided not to go with any more controls on the earcup, and keep things simple and sleek.
Moving onto the provided microphone, here we have an image of it plugged into the headset. As you can see, it comes with its own pop filter, and is made out of bendable metal.
Here we have a close up of the mute microphone button and the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Moving on, we have the provided splitter cable, which comes in at a total length of 2 meters.
Lastly, we have a shot of the fabric that's under the headband. This fabric is very soft, and breaths very well.
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